Commissary

Why Commissary is Important

Commissary funds are deposited to an inmate’s account so he or she can purchase personal hygiene items, stationery supplies and snacks. Some lists also offer clothing, electronics, books and phone cards, among other things.

A Relief from Hunger

Inmates are typically fed two to three meals a day. The ingredients are high in calorie and carbohydrate content but not very tasty. The other problem is, in some jails… Read more

Inmate & Family Issues

Deciding How Much Money to Put on the Books

What does the inmate need?

Contact the jail and ask what basics are supplied. Most jails give the inmates toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and toilet paper. Ask them what happens if the inmate runs out of something. is it replaced right away or do they have to wait a week or longer for new supplies or use their own commissary funds to purchase more? This can make a difference… Read more

Commissary

What is an Inmate Money or Commissary Account?

Most jails and prisons in America allow friends and family members of inmates to make deposits to inmate money accounts. They are set up to give the inmate access to various services including commissary purchases and phone use. Some facilities deduct nominal amounts from these accounts for inmate health visits and other jail fees.

Commissary Items: While the jail provides very basic life necessities for inmates, a commissary